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A Great Deluge 

Wednesday, Jan 18 2012
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Is there any comic more suited to an old-time radio play than John Hodgman, with his everyday suits, sometimes-mustache, and thin, delicate fingers? Of course not. He appears tonight in an old-time radio play, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, one of the many events at SF Sketchfest that make you realize that the title’s “sketch” is an old-time quirk — this year’s fest has only three true sketch shows. Hodgman is joined by Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Kevin Pollak, who is rumored to be doing his old-time role as Christopher Walken making a Cobb salad (that’s a lie). Later, Richter moderates a tribute show with Upright Citizens Brigade, featuring Amy Poehler and company, and later still, Twitter-ace Michael Ian Black appears with his old Stella TV series classmates. It may seem like quite the Sunday, but for the 17-day Sketchfest, this is nothing. This is not even the full lineup. Five more shows compete for your attention today, with Tompkins and Hodgman appearing in two of those as well, and Hodgman is also in two more shows on other days, while Tompkins is in three more. You can also see Bobcat Goldthwait on Jan. 20-21. Actually, we’re most intrigued by Jon Benjamin Has a Van — this slip of a fake-news show ran through its first hysterical season in 2011, and it’s doing a live show on Jan. 28. It almost makes you forget Sketchfest’s glaring lack of Portlandia. This also helps: David Cross (two shows) and Marc Maron (three shows).
Jan. 19-Feb. 4, 2012

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